Our best friends are always there for us in the best of times (like when you finally get that job promotion) and the worst of times (when your ex breaks your heart for the fifth time in a year. Been there.). Our pals and loved ones deserve all the recognition in the world, but how can you support them while social distancing? Being away from the people you most want to encourage can be difficult, but we rounded up some cheap gift ideas for your friends and loved ones that are sure to brighten their day. Each one of these under-$25 treats is something you can send to your pals to show that you’re thinking about them—even if you can’t hand out IRL.
I’m one of those people who loves to give gifts. I focus on what my friends are interested in throughout the year so that I make sure and give them gifts that means something—and is catered to them specifically. Anyone can give you a gift card, but a real friend knows what you might actually want while sitting at home alone in the same sweatpants from five days ago. When figuring the perfect gifts for my best friends, I always think about what excites them, what annoys them and what they’re always doing. If they’re constantly talking about a subject every time I see them, I try and find a gift that goes along with that subject. Paying attention to what your best friends say is key to finding the perfect gift for them.
In case you’re a little unsure about what to gift your BFFs and loved ones in this very weird time of social distancing, I’ve got your back. Below, you’ll find 25 perfectly curated under-$25 gifts sure to please. Whether your best friends are into self-care, plants, home goods—You name it—there’s something on this list that will help you easily brighten the day of your pals. You might even end up treating yourself to a little something, too. I won’t blame you. Happy gifting!
1. Mini Preserved Floral Bouquet
Mini Preserved Floral Bouquet $16 buy it
These pretty preserved flower bouquets are sure to put a smile on anyone’s face—and they won’t end up dying after a few days.
2. Rosé All Day Bears Large Candy Cube
Rosé All Day Bears Large Candy Cube $20 buy it
We could all use a little sweet treat, and these rosé gummy bears are an ideal situation.
3. Shaped Gel Under-Eye Mask Set
Shaped Gel Under-Eye Mask Set $6 buy it
This soothing eye mask set is the perfect gift for someone needing a self-care day.
4. Succulent Handmade Soap Gift Set
Succulent Handmade Soap Gift Set $22.95 buy it
Gift this succulent soap set to your friend who can’t keep real plants alive, but loves the aesthetic.
5. Speckled Pearl Ponytail Holder Set
Speckled Pearl Ponytail Holder Set $18 buy it
These cute ponytail holders are the only hair ties that are impossible to misplace. (Hopefully.)
6. Hot Stuff Ceramic Mug
Hot Stuff Ceramic Mug $6.99 buy it
If your friend is stuck inside all day, this adorable and colorful mug is the perfect vehicle for drinking some afternoon wine.
7. Friends Trivia Quiz Card Game
Friends Trivia Quiz Card Game $9 buy it
Calling all Friends fans: this Friends trivia card game is a great way to pass the time and delight those who have seen the show a million times.
8. Yolanda Andres Let’s Just Get Take-Out Dish Towel
Let's Just Get Take-Out Dish Towel $24 buy it
This fun and quirky dish towel is honestly just a mood.
9. Dash Mini Waffle Maker
Buy: Dash Mini Waffle Maker $9.99
This mini waffle maker is cute, function and the perfect little pick-me-up.
10. Quarter-Zip Hooded Sweatshirt
Quarter-Zip Hooded Sweatshirt $24.50 buy it
Your BFF will love cozying up in this hooded sweatshirt all! Day! Long!
11. Little Puzzle Thing
Little Puzzle Thing $15 buy it
Who wouldn’t want a cute cereal puzzle to work on while social distancing?
12. Honsky Aluminum Tablet Stand
Buy: Honsky Aluminum Tablet Stand $7.99
If you have a friend who’s working from home and loves to have their screens propped up, this pink tablet stand is a functional and thoughtful gift.
13. Ride or Die Beaded Stretch Bracelet
Little Words Project.
Ride or Die Beaded Stretch Bracelet $20 buy it
A chic friendship bracelet that proves distance doesn’t mean a thing.
14. Bird Can Fox Kitten Planter
Bird Can Fox.
Bird Can Fox Kitten Planter $24 buy it
For the friend with a green thumb, this adorable cat planter is a super sweet gift.
15. Heathered Cargo Joggers
Heathered Cargo Joggers $19.99 buy it
All your friend needs for a cozy day or night in is some new comfy sweatpants.
16. Good Natured Soy Jar Candle
Good Natured Soy Jar Candle $24 buy it
Being stuck inside is made a million times better with a relaxing candle lit.
17. Good Vibes Smudge Kit
Good Vibes Smudge Kit $15 buy it
Your friend can use this smudge kit to release their home of any bad energies and create a productive work environment.
18. Abstract Teal, Pink & Terra Landscape Wall Art
Westbrook Design Studio.
Buy: Abstract Landscape Wall Art $14.95
If your friend’s walls look a little bare, you can always gift them a cute piece of art, like this abstract landscape print.
19. The Home Edit
The Home Edit $24.99 buy it
The Home Edit book is full of chic organizational skills and ideas that can help even your messiest friend create a little order in their life.
20. Mean Girls Mini Burn Book + Magnet Set
Mean Girls Mini Burn Book + Magnet Set $9.95 buy it
For fans of Mean Girls, this mini Burn Book and magnet set is guaranteed to be a winner.
21. Bergamot & Grapefruit Bath Bomb
Old Whaling Company.
Buy: Bergamot & Grapefruit Bath Bomb $7
Anyone in need of a night sitting in a bath with a good book will love this bergamot and grapefruit bath bomb.
22. Denik Samantha Journal
Denik Samantha Journal $10 buy it
This $10 floral journal is a cute and easy gift you can give to a friend who’s always writing everything down.
23. Capri Blue Mini Hand Cream
Capri Blue Mini Hand Cream $12 buy it
If you have a friend who’s been washing their hands 20 times a day, this mini hand cream is sure to help nourish their dry skin.
24. Eucalyptus & Spearmint Candle
Sweet Water Decor.
Buy: Eucalyptus & Spearmint Candle $19.99
Nothing is more relaxing than a soothing candle, and any friend is sure to love this refreshing eucalyptus and spearmint scent.
25. Well Done Crystal Mini Facial Roller
Well Done: Wellness by Anthropologie.
Well Done Crystal Mini Facial Roller $20 buy it
A crystal facial roller is something that no one really needs, but they feel so good. If your friend is hesitant to buy one for themselves, go ahead and gift one to them.
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